Great talks from Ed Mann and Neil Wyatt. 29 folks present.
The last day of January saw an interesting talk on meteorites and a chance to see and handle some amazing examples. We heard about some of the major events and locations and saw lots of interesting pictures. It was very inspiring.
Well, it was a very cold night but great fun, with loads of people taking part. I managed to get some quite pretty Orion shots.
Setup was SW 102 F5 refractor with a T2 to 2″ adaptor containing a 2″ Optolong UHC filter connected to an EOS 750D camera. This is the processing of the first of 3 sets of subs that I took. I like the colours. The pictures of the scopes were taken with iPhone 7 and NightCap app
I enjoyed the evening and it was nice to see some many members, and non-members involved
Our June ‘End of Month’ Meeting, this next Friday, 28th, has a ‘double bill’ in terms of Guest Speakers. The room was virtually full to capacity with folks sat on the tables at the back as well as on the chairs.
The beginning of the evening saw the return of Dr Martin Braddock. Many of RAG Members responded to his request for our ideas about the Five Challenges for the colonisation of Mars. Indeed, one of our Mid-Month Meetings held a discussion that produced a plethora of ideas to add to individual replies. Heather sent all these to Martin, who has now collated all his results from a number of Astro Societies. He came along to share with us the results – what is it that amateur astronomers think are the biggest issues facing potential colonisers on Mars? Martin is an exciting and knowledgeable speaker and he expertly addressed a number of questions from the floor afterwards, including some from yours truly!
After the coffee break, our very own Lee Bale continued with his series of talks on stars. Tonight, our brains got stretched somewhat as we tried to grasp how a nebulous cloud contracts into stars that join the main sequence on the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram. It involved learning about four different nuclear fusion pathways……..
Two excellent speakers – my only concern is that we are raising the bar on quality of talks so high that I ask how can we maintain it in the future?
Dr Martin Braddock:
We discussed what the main challenges would be facing would be Martian colonisers and then Paul McKay gave us a tour of his homemade Dobsonian mount for his Sky Watcher telescope.